Wednesday 18 October 2017

Cold Feet star James Nesbitt plugs into record profits

James Nesbitt, second from left, with the ‘Cold Feet’ cast
James Nesbitt, second from left, with the ‘Cold Feet’ cast

Gordon Deegan

Starring roles for actor James Nesbitt in the return of hit TV series 'Cold Feet' and Sky drama 'Lucky Man' had profits soaring at his firm by almost £700,000 to £3.29m (€3.87m) last year.

That is according to new accounts lodged by Nesbitt's Brown Cow Films Ltd which showed that the firm enjoyed its best ever year with accumulated profits jumping by £691,087 (€813,027), going from £2.599m to £3.29m in the 12 months to the end of March last.

'Cold Feet' is where Nesbitt first gained attention in the 1990s and it returned to TV screens last year after Nesbitt signed up to rejoin other key cast members from the original series.

The series followed Nesbitt performing the star role in the new prime-time Sky drama 'Lucky Man' last year and Nesbitt was filming the second series in London over last summer.

The firm's cash pile increased from £825,921 to £1.49m, while the amount owed to the firm by debtors increased from £819,090 to £1.42m.

As well as ITV drama 'Cold Feet,' the Co Derry man is best known for the movie 'Bloody Sunday' and BBC's hit primetime drama 'The Missing' and has gained worldwide recognition after featuring in The Hobbit series of films.

The third of the Hobbit trilogy, 'The Battle of the Five Armies', was released worldwide in cinemas in December 2014, generating global box office revenues of $955m (€912m).

Nesbitt's time playing the dwarf, Bofur, involved him spending a total of two years in New Zealand for the Hobbit series, undertaking what he called the 'brutal' journey to the country 12 times.

The £691,087 profit enjoyed by the firm last year was almost seven times the £119,714 recorded in the 12 months to the end of March 31, 2015.

 Last year, Nesbitt was awarded an OBE in the New Year's list for services to Northern Ireland and to acting after years of work helping families affected by the Troubles.

The latest figures followed a strong performance by the firm in prior years, with profits increasing by €400,000 in 2014; €335,000 in 2013 and €500,000 in 2012.

At the end of last March, the firm's assets included £660,851 in investments.

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